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Guidewire Software to create 25 new jobs in Blanchardstown

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A major player in the insurance software business Guidewire Software is to create 25 new jobs in Dublin as part of an IDA-backed investment.

The Guidewire Services Centre (GSC) is located in Blanchardstown Corporate Park and hiring is already underway.

“This is a very welcome announcement for Blanchardstown and Ireland,” the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD said.

“Guidewire is a dynamic and fast-growing software company, and today’s announcement that it is locating a consulting centre in Dublin with the creation of additional jobs is good news. Through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, I am determined to ensure that we can continue to attract dynamic multinational companies to Ireland and help create the jobs we need.”

Agile computing, California style

Guidewire Software was established in California in 2001 to provide core system software for the general insurance industry.

Guidewire InsuranceSuite provides a complete set of applications to support insurers’ core operations: underwriting, policy administration, billing, and claims management. InsuranceSuite enables insurers to deliver improved products and services faster to their customers, to improve underwriting discipline, and to lower operating costs.

The company is looking for enthusiastic, creative, and skilled developers to help its professional services teams implement InsuranceSuite projects around the world.

“We were attracted to the strength of Ireland’s software sector, the ease of doing business in the country and by its talented and highly skilled workforce,” said Alex Naddaff, vice president, Professional Services, Guidewire.

“IDA Ireland has been a key partner in making the decision to locate in Ireland the right one for Guidewire in order to manage our growth while providing the highest levels of service to our customers.”

To date, Guidewire has been selected by more than 100 insurers globally. The company has more than a dozen customers in Europe, including: Aviva UK, Beazley, LV=, NFU Mutual, Pohjola, QBE European Operations, Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance, Rosgosstrakh, Zurich U.K. and other insurers in the U.K., France and Italy.

The Dublin centre was established to help meet a growing global customer demand for expertise in implementing Guidewire’s products.

The centre provides resources in Ireland to contribute to highly collaborative Agile projects which are led from customer locations around the world. The focus of the GSC is to augment on-site teams that are implementing Guidewire products to replace mission critical insurance applications.

“Ireland’s reputation as a leading location for global software companies is further embedded by Guidewire’s decision to locate this operation here,” Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland explained.

“Companies in the ICT sector continue to take advantage of Ireland’s competitive opportunities and knowledge-based economy and today’s announcement follows on from a number of significant announcements in recent months from companies in this sector,” O’Leary added.

John Kennedy